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Monday, June 27, 2005

Sorrowfully...We can't leave

I wrestle with the question of bringing our troops home. I want them out of the senseless situation where life is vulnerable to unseen enemies.

The cost of Iraqi and American lives since our arrogant invasion is estimated over 100,000. On both sides, thousands are maimed; mourn the loss of their family members and disrupted lives...and face many years of sorrow ahead.

I ache for the daily loss of lives on both sides...and am ashamed of the price that Iraqis who step forward to help their country regain equilibrium and a democratic way of life (our imperative dictum) are paying as they die for a cause they didn’t ask for.

I marched against this war. But my conscience says “We broke it ...we need to fix it...we can’t leave”. It would be a disservice to all those who have given their lives to support us.

It is immoral for America to create a chaotic and dangerous mess and then ask the victims to clean it up.

We must recognize how our patriotism can be twisted and used to manipulate us into actions we come to regret.

America is all of us... we hold responsibility through our past and future votes.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

we CAN leave!

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Walter said...

we should leave, it was the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time

and all war is the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Sebastian said...

war! huh! what is it good for? absolutly nothing!

7:03 PM  

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